About this project
Introducing 'allb', a smart babysitter who can help you keep an eye on your little ones from wherever you are.
Our babies have personalities as diverse as the grains of sand on the seashore. Therefore, rather than using standardized patterns like other products for its alarm, 'allb' provides you with a customized analysis specific to your baby. It also has an alarm function operating 24/7 as it monitors your baby.
By keeping parents up to date on their babies' health information, 'allb' will reduce the stress of child care and allow them to focus on the joys of childrearing.
'allb' safely adheres to the baby's body in order to accurately measure all his or her movements. This placement produces a more accurate measurement than monitoring devices that attach to the baby's ankle or clothing.
Once fastened to the inside of the diaper or pants, 'allb' begins to monitor the baby’s health. It can be worn comfortably even when the baby lies on his or her back and does not limit the baby's movements or actions.
Designed in a delicate hook shape, 'allb' cannot be removed by the baby but can easily be taken off by parents. Using nontoxic medical silicon, 'allb' assures health safety and never causes any skin trouble to babies.
It accurately analyzes data through synchronization among devices and aggregation by server-management technologies.
The Science Behind 'allb'
'allb' monitors skin temperature, sleep patterns and respiratory rate during sleep to monitor your baby’s health.
Baby’s skin temperature is sensitive to changes in the ambient temperature of the room.
'allb' records the daily changes in the baby’s skin temperature. It will send a warning alarm to the user's smart phone when the data recorded deviates from the normal pattern or when continuous changes are detected.
'allb' monitors the sleep hours in accordance with the baby’s growth and draws out the specialized sleep pattern. It then compares the collected data with the medically verified sleep data from pediatric studies.
Newborn babies are exposed to the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). We looked for a way to protect our babies from SIDS and developed an algorithm using the principle of abdominal breathing that measures the respiratory rate of babies during sleep through an array of sensors.
All data are converted to statistical values and managed. You can access the analysis results through 'allb' Insight and discuss the results with your baby’s pediatrician.
This algorithm collects the infant's respiratory data and compares it with the medical data from pediatric studies providing the parents with insight on their baby's health.
'allb' conducted user trials in order to produce safe and fully developed products; the participants were more than satisfied with the results. We will further develop the product through more user trials before delivering the finished result to Kickstarter.
'allb' Mobile application
Although the founders of 'allb' have different specialties, we all have one focus in common. That is to make the best device possible for you, who will be using it in your daily lives. Thus we teamed up with IT, hardware, and pediatric experts to make the best possible 'allb' for you. Our hope is that 'allb' will enrich your life and help you achieve a greater degree of peace and happiness while raising your children.
We at 'allb' believe that babies are our future. So we want to research the best way to raise our babies. allb is developing every kind of product for infant care and the most important thing to us is that the babies are safe and comfortable. We are tirelessly researching in order that parents in the whole world can be happy and flourish.
Our vision is to utilize the data gathered to give more helpful insights for raising your baby. We are considering implementing additional sensors such as humidity, light, noise level, vibration, etc. to control numerous conditions affecting the baby so that you can raise your baby in the safest environment possible. Through these developments, we hope to add more products to give every 'allb' user an advanced baby care experience.
'allb' will not just remain a normal commercial product, but will advance to the point of becoming a medical product through continual joint research with pediatricians in order to open new opportunities and knowledge in baby care.
Risks and challenges
So far, we have finished the production of the 3rd prototype. We would like to deliver the 4th batch of production as the finished product to Kickstarter.
We have been working hard to produce an outstanding product in terms of both hardware and software. However, 'allb' should be smaller, safer and simpler before it reaches your hands.
Since 'allb' is handled and worn by babies, any kind of defect is unacceptable. The effort we devoted to making this device has not yet reached its highest level.
We will further strive to create a perfect product. Through the support of the Kickstarter community, we will provide you with the perfected 'allb' for the happiness of you, your baby, and your family.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
That was also one of our first concerns. That is why we have used medical grade silicone similar to the ones used in baby pacifiers to ensure there won't be any irritations. However, if you are still worried, allb works even without direct contact with the baby.
What sets us apart from other products is accuracy. Despite many limitations, we decided to attach the device to the diaper instead of the feet or clothing. The abdominal region gives the most accurate readings, because that is where there is the least movement. It is also where it comes in the closest contact with the baby. This leads to more accurate readings and fewer false alarms. What further sets us apart is our ability to provide customized feedback which increases our accuracy. Whereas other devices have a fixed temperature range to send out alarms, allb analyzes the historical data to tell which times of the day are warmer or colder and sets thresholds accordingly. For example, if the AC is on during the afternoons, we can expect the baby's temperature to be colder in the afternoons. The data is also used to tell how long the baby is expected to sleep today.
allb can be used for 5 days. We will keep working to increase the battery life.
We will try to complete our shipment by July, 2016. We will keep you updated with where we are in the process so that you know exactly when to expect to receive your device.
I am concerned about the security of the data of my baby. Is it safely stored? What are the security measures?
I am sure you are aware of the hacking incident with visual baby monitors. allb takes the security of our data very seriously, so we have been working with security experts since the development phase.
We would like to prepare a wide range of colors for allb, but in order for us to do so, the manufacturers require that we produce a large quantity at one time. That is why we need your support through pre-ordering on Kickstarter so that we can provide a variety of colors to suit your baby.
allb is designed in the shape of a hook to make it hard for babies to remove it by themselves, yet easy for parents to take off. But it so comfortable that babies usually cannot recognize it on their pants.
allb is made with non-toxic silicon so that you do not have to worry if your baby puts it in his or her mouth. Also, we could have made the device smaller than it is now, but did not in order to prevent swallowing or choking. For this reason, allb will maintain its current size even as the technology improves.
We understand. This is something that we were concerned about from the beginning. So, after reading many studies, we found that the radiation from bluetooth device is too low to be considered dangerous to humans. This is why we chose to use BLE (bluetooth low energy) as the way to transmit the data from the device.
In the same way, we also thought that we need to make device that sends the least amount of data possible. To do that, ‘allb’ calculates data from sensors themselves first and then sends it to the smart phone once per minute. (Of course, it sends an alert immediately if it detects a problem with the baby.)
We know how much you care about your baby’s health. So, we’ve been working hard to write a report about the wireless usage of ‘allb’ so that parents can have comfort and peace of mind.
We are also planning to have ‘allb’ tested and certified as safe through a credible institution.
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